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Syllabus ChecklistSyllabus Checklist

The syllabus should clearly communicate the instructional road map for the entire course, including all assignments and requirements, how each student can be successful, and guidance on specific expectations and policies.

Checklist Examples
Course Title Full name and number of your course
Credits How many credit hours students will earn
Instructor Your name and title
Office Location Office number, University of Idaho Moscow Campus, Moscow ID 83844-xxxx
Office Hours Hours you are available for student meetings
Phone Your office phone and/or cell phone numbers
I will try to respond to your emails within 24 hours.
Course Format/Time Examples
  • This is a fully online course. Log into to access course materials.
  • This class meets on Mon-Wed-Fri from 10:30am-11:30am PT in TLC 123.
Prerequisites List course prerequisites. Indicate exemption process, if applicable.
Course Description Clearly establish the purpose, goals, and instructional focus of the course. Explain how this course fits into an overall program and give a brief content overview.
Required Textbooks and Materials Include computer software requirements, as well as recommended equipment, aids, and materials.
Supplemental Reading Material List Journal Articles, Bulletins, and other sources
Learning Outcomes Learning outcomes need to define the measurable knowledge and skills that students will gain in the course.
Learning Activities / Assignments Provide a range of student learning activities and evaluative methods appropriate for the goals of your course, such as quizzes, essays, take-home exams, writing, individual/group projects, discussions, etc.—each of which will measure aspects of the learning outcomes.
Expectations Clearly outline the expectations you have of your students.


You should spend, on average, at least 2-3 hours of study time textbook reading, reviewing class notes, etc. for each class credit hour.
Policies Explain your policies for students, such as attendance, participation, late assignments, and make-up policies.
Grading Explain grading criteria for all assignments and tests, including point values, extra credit, and letter grade equivalency.


Course Work Points Percent
Homework (10 homework, 10 pts each) 100 10%
Quizzes (10 quizzes, 10 pts each) 100 10%
Labs (10 labs, 10 pts each) 100 10%
Mid-Term Paper (100 pts) 100 10%
Final Research Paper (300 pts) 300 30%
Exams (3 exams, 100 pts each) 300 30%
Extra Credit 20
TOTAL 1000 100%


Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-900 80-90%
C 700-800 70-80%
D 600-700 60-70%
F >Below 600 < 60%
Discussions Indicate discussions posts are expected to be of high quality.
  • Reply with a substantive, compelling contribution. Back up your examples and opinions with convincing evidence or links to factual sources.
  • Make your posts thoughtful and well-written.
  • Respond to initial questions and to other's replies.
Academic Integrity Explain that you expect students to adhere to the highest academic standards of honesty and integrity. At UI, we assume students will do their own work. Plagiarism—passing off someone else's work as your own, without citing the source—should not be tolerated. This includes direct copying, rephrasing, and summarizing, as well as taking someone else's idea and putting it in different words. Ask students to fully cite their sources—this is the best avenue for avoiding plagiarism issues.
Learning Civility In any learning environment, it is essential that all members feel as free and safe as possible in their participation. Explain that it is expected that everyone in this course will treat each other with mutual respect and courtesy, with an understanding that all of us (students, instructors, professors, guests, and teaching assistants) will be respectful and civil to one another in discussion, in action, in teaching, and in learning. Should you feel class interactions do not reflect an environment of civility and respect, you are encouraged to contact your instructor to discuss your concern. Additional resources for expression of concern or requesting support include the Dean of Students office and staff (208-885-6757), the UI Counseling & Testing Center's confidential services (208-885-6716), or the UI Office of Human Rights, Access, & Inclusion (208-885-4285).
Center for Disability Access & Resources (CDAR) Center for Disability Access & Resources (CDAR)

Students with disabilities needing accommodations to fully participate in this class should contact Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR). All accommodations must be approved through CDAR prior to being implemented. To learn more about the accommodation process, visit CDAR's website at or call 208-885-6307.
It is a longstanding tradition that Vandals take care of Vandals, and we all do our best to look out for the Vandal Family. These simple precautions go a long way in reducing the impact of coronavirus on our campuses and in our communities. With everyone engaging in these small actions, we can continue to participate in our vibrant campus culture where we are able to learn, live, and grow. Visit the University of Idaho COVID-19 webpage often for the most up-to-date information about the U of I's response to Covid-19.
  • Masks are required, effective immediately, in all university buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Faculty may wear a face shield to lead classes and must maintain 6 feet of distance while wearing the shield. These requirements will be reviewed on a periodic basis and are subject to change.
  • All classes are offered in the modality listed in the catalog.
  • All Vandals are highly encouraged to be vaccinated.
  • COVID-19 tests are not required to attend class in person.
Additionally, faculty and students must follow the Healthy Vandal Pledge.
Vandal Food Pantry The Vandal Food Pantry is a free resource stocked weekly with food, grocery bags, and various hygiene items. Its eight locations across campus are accessible during building hours and open to all. Please take what you need.
Green Dot Safety Program What's Your Green Dot? It's up to all of us to make a safer campus. Vandal Green Dot is a program that helps students learn about the power of the bystander, how to recognize potentially risky situations, and realistic ways to intervene. Together we can bring down the number of people being hurt by interpersonal violence on our campus. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something! Learn more and get involved by visiting UI's Green Dot Safety Program or emailing
Firearms The University of Idaho bans firearms from its property with only limited exceptions. One exception applies to persons who hold a valid Idaho enhanced concealed carry license, provided those firearms remain concealed at all times. If an enhanced concealed carry license holder's firearm is displayed, other than in necessary self-defense, it is a violation of University policy. Please contact local law enforcement (call 911) to report firearms on University property. University of Idaho leadership remains committed to maintaining a safe work, living and learning environment on campus. We will not tolerate any threatening use of firearms or any other weapons. While authorized license holders may have familiarity and be at ease carrying a loaded firearm, we ask that they be aware that many people are not familiar with handguns and are uncomfortable in their presence.
Help and Resources
Student Resources

The University of Idaho provides student support to ensure a successful learning experience.
Library Help

The UI Library website has many databases that will help you find relevant and reliable books, articles, images, and more. Don't hesitate to contact a librarian for research assistance. Technology Help

The UI Student Technology Center provides many technology related services to students. Writing Support

The UI Writing Center is dedicated to providing one-on-one assistance to student writers and other members of the campus community.
UI Moscow Land Acknowledgement UI Moscow is located on the homelands of the Nimiipu (Nez Perce).  We extend gratitude to the indigenous people that call this place home, since time immemorial. UI recognizes that it is our academic responsibility to build relationships with the indigenous people to ensure integrity of tribal voices.